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Introduction

Culture, politics and criticism

  1. Introduction to culture and politics
  2. One dance or many: the styles of tango
  3. Culture and learning: acculturation vs. enculturation
  4. Tango as culture: anthropology vs. criticism
  5. Beauty or kitsch: making aesthetic judgements about tango dancing
  6. Sex roles: is tango compatible with women’s empowerment
  7. The dystopian future: hipster tango
  8. Connection
  9. Conservatism
  10. Courtesy
  11. Desecration
  12. Evolution
  13. Postmodernism

Music and criticism

  1. Tango in historical context: an overview
  2. Historical origins: the habanera rhythm
  3. Authenticity in music: the canonical recordings
  4. Feeling: understanding music as movement and expression

Technique

Efficiency

  1. Technique and culture
  2. Efficiency of movement
  3. Naturalness in dancing
  4. Slow focused practice

Posture

  1. Embrace: the essence of tango
  2. Alignment: the chest
  3. Posture: the head-neck relation
  4. Arms: floating elbows

Movement

  1. Walking: the basic movement
  2. Feet: a functional approach
  3. Principle of reversibility
  4. Turning without swiveling

Improvisation

  1. Improvisation
  2. Choreography vs. emergent movement
  3. Don’t do adornments and women’s technique
  4. Imagery
  5. Interpretation
  6. Setup

Learning & Teaching Strategies

  1. Training vs. demonstration of skill
  2. Microskill stack
  3. Base
  4. Conversation
  5. Errors
  6. Motivation
  7. Reading
  8. Slow Focused Practice
  9. Teaching
  10. Videos

Method

  1. Systems
  2. Rationale
  3. Needs
  4. Focused connected tango movement
  5. Method

 

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